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The Dinner
The Dinner | Herman Koch
"A European Gone Girl." --The Wall Street JournalAn internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives -- all over the course of one meal.It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love. Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.From the Hardcover edition.
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Cathythoughts
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#MOvember #Crave Craving crayfish anyone 🙃( is this a crayfish🤔) ... I saw his new book The Ditch in the bookshop. I wonder if it‘s any good ..
We read The Dinner for Bookclub a few years back 👍. I never did finish The Swimming Pool book , must go back to it.

Cinfhen Ha!! I liked Swimming Pool more than The Dinner. I think Koch is a very polarizing author 6d
merelybookish Pretty sure that's a lobster. Which is yum! 😀 6d
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen yes I think he is too. I would like to finish the Swimming Pool one 6d
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Cathythoughts @merelybookish I‘ve never had a lobster 🤷🏼‍♀️ & my Mother loved them. I need to put this on my bucket list 😁 6d
Cinfhen Ha @merelybookish it is a lobster 🦞 emoji agrees 6d
merelybookish @Cathythoughts You do! I grew up where lobsters are fished! I love a good lobster roll! 😋 6d
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s a lobster! I love them steamed! Haven‘t tried a crayfish though. @Cinfhen I like the Swimming Pool more than this book too. I have The Ditch stacked. 6d
Cinfhen The Ditch sounds good!!! I wonder what @BarbaraBB thinks?!?? 6d
batsy @Cathythoughts @merelybookish I've tried it like maybe once and it was divine 🦞 I've always wanted to try a lobster roll, that's going on my bucket list 😁 6d
BarbaraBB I did like The Dinner but afterwards all books by Koch did seem a bit the same to me. All these unlikable characters. I haven‘t read The Ditch though. It‘s supposed to be one of his better ones - according to Dutch press. (edited) 6d
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB I think I‘ll stack the Ditch 👍 6d
ljuliel The Swimming Pool was maybe the oddest book “ sensation” I‘ve had. I highly disliked the main character and felt, the whole book, like a grey cloud was hanging overhead and something really bad was gonna happen. Yet, I kept reading because I needed to find out what happened. I guess you‘d call that good writing, if you can keep the reader turning pages to see how it ends. I‘ve been meaning to try The Dinner. 6d
Cathythoughts @ljuliel yes! I think he‘s a good writer. I must try the new one 6d
ljuliel I‘ll have to hunt it up and try it. Thank you @Cathythoughts 6d
ChasingOm I didn‘t realize he had a new one! I‘ll stack that too. Did anyone read 6d
Cathythoughts @ChasingOm @ljuliel I did read Dear Mr. M & I couldn‘t put it down 👍👍.... I‘m remembering now 6d
TorieStorieS Dear Mr. M is my favorite of his- I liked it more than The Dinner and more than The Ditch! 6d
Cathythoughts @TorieStorieS interesting ! I‘ve yet to read The Ditch. I‘ll keep you posted 😁 6d
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TheLudicReader
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings about this generally well-reviewed novel about a couple of Dutch brothers, Serge, who is running to be Prime Minister, and Paul, a school teacher, and their wives. Over several courses at a fancy restaurant, Paul unravels the story of his acrimonious relationship with Serge, and also unspools the story of why they are gathered on this night. No question, it would make a great book club pick. Anyone seen the movie?

charl08 Not seen the film, but the book was really good at hitting my buttons. 1w
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Come-read-with-me
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Mehso-so

I am really perplexed about my reaction to this book. The characters were unpalatable, the premise utterly horrifying, and the outcome jolting. However, the author crafted the conversations well and did a great job of creating two families that were equally despicable. I was hoping for a dark, taut thriller and wound up with less engaging version of “My Dinner with Andre.” With all that being said, I‘d read it again. How weird is that?

BarbaraBB Excellent review. I know what you mean. 4mo
Come-read-with-me @BarbaraBB Thanks. Have you read of his other books? If so, thoughts?😀 4mo
BarbaraBB I have read this one too. I think he is a master in creating unlikable characters but I am not sure how long it will stay interesting for his readers! 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I liked this absorbing and discomforting read. I‘ve also enjoyed Koch‘s other book, Summer House With Swimming Pool. Koch seems to be very good in coming up with unsavoury and detestable characters.
#WanderingJune #Amsterdam

Thanks for a month of ‘around the world‘ in books! 😘😘

Cinfhen Thanks for joining us❣️💋and I agree, Koch writes really detestable characters 4mo
JenReadsAlot I just bought his new book The Ditch! Hoping it's good! 4mo
BarbaraBB Detestable is the right word! Thank you for playing 💜 (edited) 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm @JenReadsAlot I have that one stacked! Look forward to your review when you get to it. 🙂 4mo
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EmilieGR
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Mehso-so

Predictable

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RiaWritten
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Pickpick

Definitely one to check out! I loved it but dang was it intense. Only $1.99 today!

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Two couples went to a fancy restaurant for dinner. When the pretentious food is consumed and the small talk is over, the conversation turns to their teenage sons. About the ‘bad‘ things the boys have done. And how far the four of them will go to protect their own children and themselves from the consequences of their actions.
I enjoyed this book that raises some moral questions.
#MayMovieMagic #HowFarIllGo

squirrelbrain Clever! 👍 6mo
Cinfhen Ohhh!!! Well played!! Glad that cold isn‘t messing with your brain 🧠💚Hope you‘re feeling better today!!! 6mo
rohit-sawant Excellent pick! 6mo
gradcat Great pick for the prompt, but I hated this book! I think the “moral dilemma” and its solution were just too questionable for me. (edited) 6mo
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Lesley1
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Mehso-so

This book does not get great reviews in general. I actually didn‘t think it was horrible. It was short so it wasn‘t like it dragged on and on. I was never bored. I agree that everyone in the book is unlikeable but it actually didn‘t bother me that much. It was an interesting story but probably not going to be a lot of people‘s favorite. 3/5 stars.

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TheRiehlDeal
The Dinner | Herman Koch
Mehso-so

I was reading this book on and off, so I can't say I really cared for it. And the plot was a bit confusing; like, I'm not sure what the story was really about. All in all, I would just skip this book if you have not read it.

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Boooooks
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Both 3/5, oh my god I hated every single character it the dinner and I know that‘s not the point of the book but still I kept waiting for just one person to root for ahh this book was crazy. And I liked the idea of the surface breaks but I kept finding myself being like “nope bad decision main character” on every page! #booked2019 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I agree, the characters in The Dinner were SO awful! I disliked that book, it was hard to connect to anyone in the pages 8mo
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SReed151
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Panpan

Terrible. Wildly implausible, poorly paced, difficult to follow, and badly translated. Just a huge disappointment. I‘m so bummed I assigned it to my class.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Oh good. You felt the same. 😆 I hated all the characters. But it could inspire some good discussion. 8mo
C.Perone This was the most bizarre books, but I liked it in some weird way 😄 8mo
CouronneDhiver I liked this one a lot... but it‘s not for someone who needs to connect to a redeemable quality in a character. They‘re all jerks. Lol 8mo
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SReed151 I don‘t need to like the characters. I need the plot to make sense. 8mo
DebbieGrillo What grade/level? Are they still reading it? Give them permission to abandon it! Let them read what they want to read. 8mo
SReed151 @DebbieGrillo I‘m a college professor. 😊 8mo
wordzie ❤ the review 8mo
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gradcat
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1. Such a bunch of abject, cruel protagonists...it‘s just not my thing! 😬 📖
2. Eat at home 🏡 🥪
3. The worst, and the most typical: assuming a slightly overweight woman is pregnant 🤰! In my defense, I was young & dumb, plus I learned a lesson: I will never again ask a woman if she is pregnant. If she wants me to know, she‘ll tell me.
4. Vanilla—love it! 🍦
5. Blue Blacktop, or Blue Infinite, or Blue Infinite Blacktop 😂

MommyOfTwo OMG my grandpa asked me over the summer if I was expecting, I said no, so he says you‘ve put on wait then, no actually I‘ve list 10 pounds 🤦‍♀️ I think it was probably the baggy shirt I was wearing lol 10mo
gradcat See what I mean? For me it‘s that feeling of mortification because not only are you embarrassed, but you may have hurt someone‘s feelings! 😞 9mo
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rybrary
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Mehso-so

Book 2 of 2019. I find it hard to judge books objectively when the characters are all terrible people, and such is the case with The Dinner. Our narrator is one of the most deranged characters I've ever had the pleasure (?) of reading and it made for a quick, twisty, shocking little book.

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LanieFitz
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What do you do when you have a golf outing with the extended family? Bring a book of course...

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NataliePatalie
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I'm also reading The Dinner. About halfway through it now. I'm not sure how much I like it yet, but I DO know I'm not a fan of our friend Paul. I'm planning to watch the movie when I'm finished.
@Blueberry

Blueberry My friend read this one. She wanted to do it for our movie/book club. 13mo
NataliePatalie @Blueberry some parts are kind of tedious but there's some juicy bits too. 13mo
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Dragon
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I‘m a very eclectic reader so my 10 would be 1. JK Rowling 2. Agatha Christie 3. Eloisa James 4. Robert Parker 5. Mary Stewart 6. Antonia Fraser 7. John Wyndham 8. Robert Heinlein 9. Charles Dickens 10. Jane Austen #dinnerparty

Krisjericho Solid picks! 13mo
Dragon Thanks @Krisjericho 👍😀🐉 13mo
Crazeedi Excellent! 13mo
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Dragon Thanks 🙏 @Crazeedi 😀🐉 13mo
rubyslippersreads Mary Stewart is a great pick! 13mo
Dragon Thanks @rubyslippersreads when I was a teenager I read almost all of her romantic suspense novels. 😀💕 13mo
Dragon Thanks @Crazeedi 👍😀🐉 13mo
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madamereadsalot1
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1. Neil Gaiman. 2. Joe Hill. 3. Stephen King. 4. Margaret Atwood. 5. Terry Pratchett. 6. Douglas Adams. 7. Kurt Vonnegut. 8. J.K. Rowling. 9. Shirley Jackson. 10. Daphne Du Maurier.

#dinnerparty @Krisjericho

Krisjericho I would love to come to that party! 13mo
rubyslippersreads Daphne du Maurier is a great choice! 13mo
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Robothugs
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Two families bite the bullet and dine together at a restaurant to discuss their sons and a horrible act they committed together, all caught on video. #BitinTheBullet #OctoberXFiles

Join in on the photo challenge on whatever days you‘re up for it! http://litsy.com/p/eUtoT09EU3B1

MrsMalaprop Great book! 13mo
Cinfhen Clever choice!!! 13mo
Robothugs @MrsMalaprop When I read it it was not one of my favorites, but I have a feeling I might have a different opinion of it now. @Cinfhen Thanks! 13mo
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geekyjojo
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Mehso-so

Interesting idea - the moral dilemma and debate of what you would do when your child commits a crime! So that made it intriguing. It took a while to get going but the second half of the book redeems itself a little but not enough to warrant more than 3⭐️
Pretty much all the characters are detestable but I think that might be the point, but not any less irksome. Worth a read for a bit of discussion after it.

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Tashreads
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Day 2| #NewHogwartsAdventure #Feast

A dinner between friends takes a dark turn when they begin discussing their troubled teenagers. I couldn‘t get this story out of my head for a while 😮

vkois88 I need to read this! 1y
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CouronneDhiver
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🍇 The Dinner by Herman Koch (tagged)

🍇 Roald Dahl ... lots of fun childhood favourites!

🍇 Downton Abbey

🍇 I don‘t usually go for desserts but I do like danishes!

#ManicMonday #D

JoScho Thanks for playing 💖 1y
Pamwurtzler Downton Abbey! 👍🏻 1y
CouronneDhiver So good! Hubby and I just re-watched all the episodes on Netflix recently. @Pamwurtzler I‘m sad there aren‘t more! 1y
Pamwurtzler @CouronneDhiver Me too!!! I liked the way they wrapped it up but was sad when it ended. I had to replace it with The Crown. 1y
BiblioLitten Downtown Abbey and Roald Dahl.😍 1y
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geekyjojo
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Started this at the weekend 📖

CouronneDhiver It‘s a fun one 👍🏽 1y
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Djkpanic
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Pickpick

This was a page turner! Over the course of a dinner, 2 families who are hiding secrets about their children come head-to-head in figuring out how far they‘re willing to go to protect the kids‘ futures. The movie based on it looks pretty good too!

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blondie
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I made it to the bookstore before I got called into work. Which I was bummed about, but a new book made it easier.
This one sounds so good. I am very excited for it. 💙

CKlube I enjoyed this! 1y
RadicalReader @blondie been looking forward to this novel myself when looking for a thriller suspenseful read 1y
CouronneDhiver So good! 1y
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Victoria_Clyne
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Pickpick

This is a great read. I loved the way Koch weaved the night's dinner with elements of the past, slowly edging towards and at the same time revealing the details of the purpose of the dinner. Will definitely read more Herman Koch in the future.

Joanne1 Audio? 1y
Victoria_Clyne @Joanne1 yep it was an audiobook. Got it through Borrowbox 1y
Victoria_Clyne Really liked the narrator too. 1y
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DoonTheGoon
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I was good, and brought more books TO the used book store than I brought home FROM it. That's good right?
#TBR #addictedtobooks 📖

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beespeckled
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Pickpick

The Dinner by Herman Koch
Not a comfortable book to read, but had me thinking a long time afterwords. I don't want to be a spoiler, so all I will say is that it is an "unreliable narrator" well done

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Tdumatrait
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Mehso-so

Started off super slow and then picked up towards the end. I think everyone in that book was a bit off center, but maybe that is why no one really judged the other person.

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Tdumatrait
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Doing some reading while my children are Pokémon hunting at the local library. Only problem is that I keep getting asked if I know what certain Pokémon are called.

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Tex2Flo
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I tried pairing fiction with nonfiction to compare real with imagined.
Ann Rule and Stephen King
Ann Lamont and Shakespeare
Jane Goodall and Peter Tremaine
Anthony Bourdain and Louise Erdrich

Thank you for the challenge.👌👌

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TheFunkyBookworm
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Day 14: (Dysfunctional) Fictional Family
This seems to be one of those love it or hate it books- I loved it! Two couples meet up to discuss their children over the course of a meal at a fancy restaurant in Amsterdam. The narrative quickly takes a dark turn as the plot explores how far parents will go to protect their child. Do yourself a favor, skip the movie and go straight for the book!
#ReadingResolutions @Jess7

Ruthiella Perfect dysfunctional fictional family! 1y
Jinjer I read the book, watched the movie and loved both! 1y
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MsLeah8417
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Pickpick

Whoa, just whoa. There are so many nuances and plot twists you cannot put this one down.

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Panpan

#AprilBookishMadness #photochallenge @maich #familyproblems

This family has got problems.

It's a pan because I hated all the characters.

maich Great picture! 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @maich Thank you. I'm having lots of fun with these photo challenges. 😊🍽 2y
TrishB Same! I hated them all too. 2y
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Pamwurtzler Exactly why I panned it! 2y
ephemeralwaltz Great photo! 2y
BiblioLitten I know! Great picture 😍 2y
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MsLeah8417
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MsLeah8417
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Next up!! I‘ve heard great things about this one. I hope I am not disappointed.

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GripLitGrl
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🍽The Dinner 🍽My mom's lasagna 🍽lima beans 🍽Christmas 🍽ponte vechio
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Very few things can beat mom‘s lasagna 2y
Kaye Very few things can be worse than Lima beans. Yuk. 2y
GripLitGrl @JoScho EXACTLY! 2y
GripLitGrl @Kaye AGREED!😝 2y
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Amie
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My book club meets tonight and this is our book. I read it a few years ago and didn't think it was worth reading again, but I'm having trouble remembering what happened in it. I re-read the last few chapters to try to refresh my memory but I can't quite remember enough of the story.

Jess7 This was a #booktoscreen pick in December. If you search that hashtag you should come across the discussion 2y
Jess7 The main character (the narrator) suffers from some type of mental illness. He is awkward. He and his wife meet up with his brother (the politician) and his brother‘s wife to discuss something. It‘s later revealed that everyone knew about it. Their sons (cousins) came across a homeless woman sleeping inside a area with an atm and the kids kicked her and said mean stuff and when she didn‘t leave one of the kids through a lit match into the area and 2y
Jess7 The homeless woman burned alive. The parents discuss what to do about it. The wife of the narrator is ruthless in the protection of her son and wants to make sure they don‘t get into trouble. The politician brother wants to turn his kid into the police after the election.. the narrator (the one suffering from a mental illness) has anger issues too and his actions were witnessed by his son years before and he got away with it 2y
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Jess7 The wife tells her husband to stop the brother and If I‘m remembering correctly they were going to shoot him or something to stop him from going to the police. Can‘t remember if that happened... then the step son of the politician is the only decent one of the kids and he didn‘t participate in burning the homeless woman alive. The narrator‘s wife tells the narrator that he knows what to do, and I think it ends where we don‘t know if 2y
Jess7 Whether or not the narrator hit the step son with a rock to keep him quiet... it‘s been a couple years since I read it too, but that‘s essentially what I remember 2y
charl08 Not a fan either. Yuk. 2y
Samplergal I loved it. I wasn‘t certain I would but so many ugly people in that book. 2y
Amie @Jess7 Thanks! That helps fill in some of the gaps in my memory. 2y
TheFunkyBookworm I find that people either love or hate this one- I LOVED it (and his others) but hated the movie! 2y
Pamwurtzler I was not a fan either. 2y
Jinjer Loved the book and the movie! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Not a #dinnerfortwo but for two couples in an absurdly fancy restaurant. Over a five-course-meal, some unsettling secrets are revealed concerning a hideous crime committed by their teenage sons and these parents show how far they are prepared to go to protect their children and themselves.
#aprella

Reviewsbylola I was hoping someone would use this one! It seems fitting. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I listened to the audio of this and loved the way the reader said “Serge Loman” with such disdain 😂 2y
Cathythoughts Really enjoyed this book ... great for bookclub discussion.! Great choice here 2y
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Cinfhen My first thought today, I really hated all the players in this book but plenty to discuss 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Did not care for this book. None of the characters were likeable in the slightest. But I could see it being a good discussion book. 2y
Mdargusch This book came to mind for me too! 2y
emilyhaldi Yes, my first thought for today too!! Good one 👍🏻 2y
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MrBook
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😳😱😆 #LitsyHumor

RealBooks4ever Uh... Explain please? I don't get the humor part. 👵 2y
CSeydel Well, how many Africans do you consume, on average? @RealBooks4ever (edited) 2y
JoRead None for me, thank you. I'm on a diet 😅😂😂 2y
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julesG This is sad. But also funny. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I think Im a lil below average in my consumption of Africans. 2y
OrangeMooseReads Must be like spiders, you eat them in your sleep. 2y
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haileybean
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So, I‘m not sure how I feel about this book. Which is why I‘m making this a blurb instead of a review because I want to sit on it a bit more. While I indeed liked the writing and it was definitely tense: I‘m not sure about the characters and their actions. I‘m going back and forth between being horrified and also questioning what I would do. This talks about some gruesome things and touched on mental illness. Also: really unlikeable characters. 🤔

haileybean Addition: I‘m not sure if I would have been trying to read a physical copy instead of audio if I would have finished it because of some of the more horrifying aspects. I listened at work which is what took me so long to finish and also - because of some icky stuff that happened in our community I just couldn‘t with the book. Definitely discussion worthy. Not sure who I‘d recommend this book to. 2y
MrsMalaprop I read this book a few years ago. I recall thinking it was unique, horrible and clever. We did it for Book Club; there‘s certainly plenty to discuss 😳😬😲. 2y
emilyhaldi I love that description @MrsMalaprop - unique, horrible, clever. I would say the same. I can see this book being hard to get through if read during the wrong time 🙃 2y
haileybean I started it at an ok time, but then 3/4 of the way through my small, nothing happens here, town had a horrible crime happen which made it super hard to finish @emilyhaldi 2y
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Arvena
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Panpan

I don't understand how this book is/was a bestseller? I am very disappointed in it.
I didn't like any of the characters. I hated that the father knew he had a mental illness, that had probably been passed on to his son, but he just found it funny.
A disturbing tale about disturbing people - not for me.

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TheFunkyBookworm
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1. Goodreads obsessed- did you really even read it if you didn‘t track it on GR?! Lol
2. I love a good unreliable narrator (see tagged book)- so I gotta go with 1st person
3. Luckily I‘ll be asleep for most of it, but I‘ll prob pout about it when I wake up and can‘t check in!
4. Everyone is wonderful but @Jess7 has been especially welcoming!

#TrivialThursday @GarthRanzz

Jess7 Aww thank you!! You‘re the best! ☺️😀 2y
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Ardachy
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I have just started reading this book. It came to me from a #BookCrosser in #NewZealand together with the #postcard. The book has previously been in #Canada, #UK, #France, #Germany and #Spain so it is better travelled than I am. http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/12421194

Kaye That is so cool ! Does everyone put a postcard or signature or note of some type as it stops in their country ? Interesting ! 2y
Ardachy Not always @Kaye but it is not unusual. Bookmarks and labels are also a popular addition. 2y
Kaye Sounds like a lot of fun. Do they have a set length of time the book should be at one location, so that it keeps moving ? 2y
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Ardachy @Kaye No set time although some folk running formal book rays ask that it be moved on within an agreed period. Most #bookcrossing releases are ‘wild‘ which is to say they are left for a random person to pick up. 2y
Chellebearss What a cool idea! I‘ve never seen book crossing before 2y
Ardachy @Chellebearss let me know if you decide to try it. I am ardachy there too. 2y
Chellebearss @Ardachy thanks, I will try it out! I have a few that I could release :) 2y
SqueakyChu Hey @Chellebearss Did you ever try out BookCrossing? What happened? Did you like it? (edited) 1y
Chellebearss @SqueakyChu I released 5 in my area and haven‘t seen anything about them since. :-( 1y
SqueakyChu @Chellebearss LOL! Only about 2-5% of my books ever get journaled, but I‘ve released thousands of books since 2003 when I joined #BookCrossing so I do get some of my BC-registered books “caught” every now and then. I also meet up with other #BookCrossers in real life so that makes it more fun as well. 1y
SqueakyChu @Chellebearss Did you know that jessibud2 at LibraryThing is also an avid BookCrosser?! We used to write to each other on BookCrossing years before there was ever such a thing as #LibraryThing! 😃 (edited) 1y
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haileybean
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There is still 5hrs left in this audiobook; just how much worse can this get?? What those boys did... horrifying, and I feel like I don‘t even know it all... but seriously...? How. Much. Worse.

SALeahey Right? I was so excited to read this and even bought two more of the author's books because of a sale! I really don't know if I'm willing to give him another chance. 2y
haileybean @SALeahey I‘m not sure if “enjoying” is the right word because I‘m still just appalled at what the boys did (of what I know), but it‘s like... well, what else is going to happen; their situation is going to get worse. I‘m definitely intrigued! (edited) 2y
CouronneDhiver If you need to like the characters to enjoy a book, this isn‘t going to be for you. I don‘t mind a cast of unlikable folks and had fun with this audiobook. 2y
Bookgirl I could not finish this and I‘m the type that usually forces myself to finish what I started, regardless of enjoying it 😂 2y
haileybean @CouronneDhiver I thought I needed likable characters but this book is proving me wrong! 2y
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haileybean
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I realize this book has very mixed reviews + I‘m only about an hour in to the audiobook, but I am really enjoying it so far.

Jess7 I liked it. The characters are complex and terrible. I‘m in the minority though. 2y
haileybean @Jess7 I don‘t know if it‘s the narrator of the audiobook that makes me want to keep listening, but I‘m really enjoying it. I haven‘t even reached 50% though. I think I still have 7 hours to go in a 9 hour audiobook. Which seems silly, because I‘ve seen this book in stores and it‘s quite thin. 2y
Jess7 I switched between audio and ebook when I read this one. I liked the complexity of the characters, and the situation they face. To me one the reason they are all meeting is revealed made the book worth it but some people didn‘t like how it took to get there or how flawed/ruthless the characters are. If you‘re enjoying from the start that is a good sign 2y
Jess7 It‘s definitely a discussion worthy book 2y
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GarthRanzz
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#TuesdayTidbits
1. Edgar Allan Poe. He always is and always will be the top of my fantasy dinner party list. Even if I could just give he, Virginia and his Aunt Maria a hot meal and pleasant company.
2. That‘s a hard one...1912 to sail on the Titanic was something I always dreamed about. Or London in 1940.
3. No one wants to see that story.
4. @catebutler @vivastory @GrilledCheeseSamurai @cobwebmoth @AndreaReads @TricksyTails @mypoesoul

JenlovesJT47 Great choices! Would love to go on Titanic and warn everyone lol. 2y
robinb My daughter is a big Poe fan! 2y
GarthRanzz @robinb He‘s just always been my favorite. Don‘t know when, why or how. He‘s just always been. 😊 2y
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GarthRanzz @JenlovesJT47 Thanks Jen! Not sure if I‘d warn anyone but I would definitely try to stop it from happening. But we all know what happens when you try to change history. 2y
JenlovesJT47 So true! Did you watch the miniseries of 11.22.63? Highly recommended if you haven't. 2y
GarthRanzz @JenlovesJT47 Oh yeah! That was definitely on my list when it came out because, King. 😊 2y
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booknerdbobbie
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A mixture of intrigue, creepiness, and mind confusion. This is one to pick up blind!

#goodreads #bookworm #cantputdown

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Even though Im reading a million other books, I had to start reading this! The author‘s hilarious attention to minutiae reminds me of Nicholson Baker. Really enjoying this one so far!! Thanks @MrBook and @BookBabe for putting this in my #cupidgoespostal box!

Readage Ooh, just picked up a book by Nicholson Baker. Do you recommend him? Haven‘t read the tagged book either yet. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Readage Which one? I think Ive only read 2 of his but I have at least one more in my TBR. He‘s clever and witty. He‘s more character-driven than plot-driven, but really fun to read. 2y
LiteraryinLititz This book seems to be polarizing (a lot of people hated it) but I read it last year and thought it was well done. 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Readage That‘s the one in my TBR 😂 I really liked 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @LiteraryinLititz Polarizing is good - Good to hear you liked it 2y
BookBabe Awesome! We‘re so glad you‘re enjoying it! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
MrBook WOOHOO!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻 2y
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Christine11
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#DinnerDate #HeartsAndHardcovers I haven‘t read this one yet - I‘ve seen very mixed reviews so I‘m not sure about it ! Have any of you lovely people read it and what did you think ? 😊❤️😊

TrishB It‘s definitely a marmite book! I‘ve read and didn‘t like - but I have to have at least one likeable character in a book and there are zero in this! But if you‘re ok with that it‘s a good story! 2y
AmyG I didn‘t hate it, but I didn‘t love it. And yes, there have been mixed reviews. You will have to read this and see for yourself. 2y
Christine11 @TrishB @AmyG It definitely sounds like a marmite one ! I think you‘re right - I‘ll have to just read it and see. I don‘t mind unlikeable characters but the story or writing kind of has to make up for it if that‘s the case in my opinion! 😊💜 2y
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Tamra Listened and I confess to multitasking during it. I recall not liking the characters, ultimately it was a so-so. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, a marmite one. I liked it - the story, none of the characters! 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Read it. Didn't care for it. Unlikable characters. Mildy curious to see how it translates in the movie. 2y
Pamwurtzler I didn‘t like it either. 2y
Christine11 @Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Pamwurtzler It definitely seems like no one liked the characters - I think I‘ll try reading it but maybe not too urgently as it does seem like a real hit or miss ! 😊 (edited) 2y
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tori3
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Working full time with three kids and working towards my degree part time is seriously hampering my reading time. #currentlyreading #roadtrip #thedinner #hermankoch